Authentic Windows Driver for Apple USB to Ethernet Adapter

No kidding, I spent so much time to find drivers for “reusing” my Apple USB to Ethernet Adapter on Windows 10 on my Surface Pro 3. I got so frustrated that I randomly downloaded something from a site and ended up catching a virus so I had to reset my surface. Thankfully it was new so there was no loss except a little bit of time.

I trust my online search capabilities and wasn’t ready to give up and finally found the drivers on Apple site itself.

TIP: Never download a driver software unless it is from the company’s actual site.

To finally make the Apple USB-Ethernet adapter work on a Windows machine, follow the steps below. After the installation you will see the WiFi converted into a wired network icon in your task bar! That’s what relieved me when I executed these steps.

How to make Apple USB-Ethernet adapter work on a Windows PC

1. Go to https://support.apple.com/downloads/macoscomponents
2. Download latest Boot Camp Support Software package (Note that their site says that it is for Windows on Mac, but actually it is for Windows on any machine – hence it works!)
3. Extract the files into a folder and then go to Boot Camp/Drivers/ASIX (Don’t try to run setup file that is present in the package – it will only give you error that it is not supported on this type of machine).
4. Once you run the AsixSetup64.exe file, you will see that your Apple USB to Ethernet adaptor is detected and you are connected to wired network through your Ethernet LAN cable.

Why I needed to connect Wired instead of Wireless?

My Linksys router sucks, the connection drops frequently, I don’t get right speed and these two issues frustrate me. So, wired connection mostly guarantees a better connection speed hence faster downloads and browsing speed.

If you face any issues, feel free to post in comment and I will try to help you!fixed apple usb to ethernet adapter on Windows in device manager

Remove Qvo6 Unwanted Default URL from IE Chrome Mozilla browser

I struggled to remove unwanted default URL qvo6.com from my default page when any of IE, Chrome or Mozilla browsers were opened. Many sites talked about getting rid of software like Office Desk 365, etc. However, I already had uninstalled that software and still was unable to get rid of Qvo6.com from the browsers.

I also tried to check config settings 100 times but nothing was working in favor of removing Qvo6.com.

If you have also tried in the settings pane of Chrome, IE or Mozilla browsers already, try the following steps to quickly get rid of qvo6.com.

I have updated the post to include removal of the crappy bug from tiles on start menu screen of Windows 8.

Remove the shortcut

If you have shortcuts in your taskbar, simply remove it. If you want the shortcut to be present in taskbar, add a new one.

Edit the shortcut properties

If you have the shortcut on desktop, right click the icon and select Properties. Then from the Target field, remove the additional URL that is appended e.g. http://www.qvo6.com. This will get rid of the ugly url immediately. You can add this shortcut in your taskbar by dragging the icon on taskbar. This is shown in the image below.

edit properties of program

removing unwanted default url in browser

As you see in the screenshot above, ensure that there is nothing in the Target field after the ending double quotes.

Add shortcut on Taskbar or Desktop

To add the shortcut back on Taskbar or Desktop, simply find the exe program (like C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe, etc) in Program Files, select and right click on the exe file, then in the right click menu, click Copy. Now go to the desktop, right click in an empty area and click Paste Shortcut.

Further you can move this shortcut to taskbar by dragging.

In Windows 7 or Windows 8, you can simply open the program and then in taskbar right click the icon and select Pin this program to taskbar.

pin IE program to taskbar

Remove Qvo6 from Start Screen Tile of Windows 8

Open the Start Menu by pressing “Windows” button on your keyboard or click/tap in the left bottom of your Windows screen.

Navigate to the browser icon in the Start screen of Windows 8 and right click on it. You will see some options at the bottom of the screen as shown below.

Click/tap on “Open the file location”. Once the file location is opened, do the same exercise of editing the properties and removing the unwanted part as discussed in the earlier part of this post.

If that doesn’t help, open the file location first keep it aside for a while and in the meantime go to start again, right click the icon and unpin from task bar and start menu. Then edit the properties. Once the properties have been edited, re-add to your start screen or task bar (just how you had removed it).

unpin windows8 tile start menu taskbar

remove Qvo6 windows8 tile

Hope that helps?

This will help you remove Qvo6 from your browsers. If you have any problems, put a comment below.